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Wyvern "Split" Spinner


1/48 scale




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Catalogue Number and Description AES48126 - Wyvern "Split" Spinner
Price: GBP4.99 (for purchasers in the EU)
GBP4.25 (for purchasers outside of EU)
available online from Hannants website
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Four parts in cream coloured resin
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: High quality casting; ideal way to pose staggered propeller blades on Classic Airframes' Wyvern; excellent detail.
Disadvantages: Some small pin holes to fill.
Recommendation: Recommended




Classic Airframes' recent 1/48 scale Westland Wyvern comes with a one-piece spinner that has both rows of propeller blades lined up behind each other. While this is certainly a possible configuration, it might be argued that a staggered configuration would show off the eight big propeller blades to better effect.

Airwaves now offers a simple, well detailed method to display this configuration with their new 1/48 scale Wyvern "Split" Spinner.

Airwaves' split spinner is supplied in four resin parts. These are the fixed base, the central spinner and the forward spinner cap plus a propeller shaft.

The set is very well thought out. All the spinner parts have been cast with the hole for the propeller shaft in place, so there is no potential for error in lining up the holes. The spinner is also pre-drilled for the propeller blades from the Classic Airframes kit.



The forward spinner cap is cast onto offset narrow strips which are very simple to snip off and clean up with a hobby knife. The two other spinner sections have a thin casting block on that can  be sanded flat in a few minutes. I used a piece of Tamiya 180 grade abrasive paper taped to a flat piece of perspex for this task.



Once the parts are cleaned up, assembly is very simple - just thread the parts onto the supplied prop shaft.



Casting is of a very high standard but there are a few tiny pin holes around the rim of the forward spinner cap. These should be filled and sanded smooth before assembly.

The parts are securely packed in Airwaves' usual blister packaging.

No instructions are supplied, but anyone with even slight experience with resin accessories should not have any trouble figuring out the sequence of cleanup and assembly.

Airwaves' 1/48 scale Wyvern "Split" Spinner is a handy accessory that will lend extra character to the beefy Classic Airframes kit.


Thanks to Hannants for the review sample

Airwaves products are available online from Hannants' website

Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 24 February, 2005
Last updated 24 February, 2005

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